Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'

Gwen Vasquez
September 16, 2018

Hurricane Florence, a unsafe Category 3 storm, is expected to bring catastrophic flooding to the Southeast and may dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone.

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph).

Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.

The National Weather Service has issued strong warnings to residents of the Carolinas and other mid-Atlantic states, saying the hurricane would be the "storm of a lifetime", bringing damaging winds, life-threatening storm surges, and "catastrophic flooding".

REUTERS/Randall HillGordon Roberts works to prepare his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

"Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia", he wrote.

While the nuclear facilities are created to withstand significant winds and rain, the company will shut down each plant on a case-by-case basis before sustained inland winds are greater than 73 miles per hour, Green told NGI.

While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings extending over the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the east coast, many were not taking any chances. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding.

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"This one is different", North Carolina's Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents, "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

"It was located farther north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented", said AccuWeather's Marshall Moss, vice president of forecasting and graphics operations.

She said the path of Florence may be unclear until only hours before it is forecast to make landfall on the United States.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", Cooper warned.

Deal asked all Georgians to join him in "praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km)".

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.

Michele Johnson said she's anxious about her husband.

"Yes, the winds will be bad, but really the water is what will be deadly", said Rob Galbraith, director of underwriting research for insurance firm USAA.

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